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Cokers 09-18-2013 08:14 PM

5.5 gallon college shrimp tank
 
Current as of 10/14/13
Lighting: 28watt 6500k CFL

Flora:
Anacharis
Watersprite
Frogbit
Marsilea minuta

Fauna:
5 Pygmy cories
~10 RCS (PFRs)
1 Bamboo Shrimp

Current Tank Shot
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...ps7962e5ed.jpg



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Here, I'll record my 5.5 gallon tank I'm growing in my dorm room.
First of the specs as of 9/18:
Lighting- 23w soft white CFL
Substrate- Eco Complete
Filter- Generic sponge filter

Flora: (All temporary till I get everything else set up.
Anacharis
Hornwort
Watersprite

Fauna:
5 Pygmy Cories (Pretty sure they're pygmaeus)
13 or so Young PFRs

This tank was started 3 days ago on Monday and I must admit, I did something very bad. I added the cories in on the first day and the shrimp on the second. :icon_neut
HOWEVER! The yellow sponge filter was already running for a month now and some parts of the substrate were taken from an old tank. So I hope I didn't mess up too badly.


Picture time! -Sorry for the bad photo's all I have is my Galaxy S3
Full tank shot showing the lamp
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...psb7d55808.jpg

Pygmy cories! :)
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...ps79a8926d.jpg

Red Cherry Shrimps- Painted Fire Reds (Bought from rostick555)
To be honest, right now they just look like regular RCS you find in LFS everywhere. As they're still juveniles, I'm hoping they turn redder when they mature.
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...ps2dbb93b1.jpg

water-kitties 09-18-2013 10:27 PM

I love the cories! They are very fun to watch! I have a moss ball and all of mine sit on it together and it's so cute. I would try to get more fun stuff like moss or wood for the shrimp and cory to enjoy.

Cokers 09-19-2013 08:45 PM

Add a dual sponge filter. I squeezed the old filter to transfer some of it's bacteria but now my water's all cloudy. >.<
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...ps6eb9cf52.jpg

cbachmann 09-23-2013 10:28 PM

I can't help but notice that your water level is rather low. You might want to top it off! Also, I'd suggest a number more plants for a tank of that size with so many fish. Hope it works out great!

Cokers 10-07-2013 08:07 PM

Sorry I've been lazy on the updates. I added more eco complete and a bunch of frogbit.
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...ps72d6c699.jpg

Cokers 10-12-2013 08:49 PM

I think I've just found what appears to be a seed shrimp, and I'm worried it might take over the tank. How can I get rid of it!?!?!?!

Chrisinator 10-12-2013 08:57 PM

Very cool! I have a 3 gallon betta tank right now but I might switch it up for a 5 gallon shrimp tank.

cbachmann 10-14-2013 01:08 AM

Hey man, any updates?

Cokers 10-14-2013 06:24 AM

Update time!
Bought me some Marsilea minuta ! This here's about 30 nodes that I bought on no ebay links allowed
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...ps39065c9f.jpg

I also got a bamboo shrimp that's currently latched onto my sponge filter and feeding from there.
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...psda7f24af.jpg
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...psa33ad4bc.jpg

Cokers 10-14-2013 06:54 AM

Current Tank Shot
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...ps7962e5ed.jpg

Cokers 10-23-2013 04:55 AM

Time for an Update!
So in about 1.5 weeks, these are the only growth in my Marsilea minuta
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...pscde095ef.jpg
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...psd8a56afe.jpg

Yep that's right, two new leaves~

Cokers 10-23-2013 05:05 AM

My empty aquarium is now.....an iwagumi!
http://i275.photobucket.com/albums/j...ps60a4b717.jpg


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